In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode Metamorphosis which aired on November 13, 1967, Star Date 4513.3.

Story Synopsis

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy ferry Commissioner Nancy Hedford from Epsilon Caneris 3 to the Enterprise in the shuttlecraft Galileo. The Commissioner, who had been on a diplomatic mission to stop a war, is ill with Sicuro’s disease and needs treatment aboard the Enterprise. The shuttlecraft is forced down on a small planetoid by a sparkling cloud of ionized hydrogen. The planet has an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere with traces of krypton, argon, and neon, and a surface temperature of 75 degrees.

Kirk is unable to contact the Enterprise, despite the fact that the communications equipment appears to be functioning perfectly. On the planet, they find a man named Cochrane, who claims he has been marooned. Cochrane tells them that there is some sort of damping field on the planet which will prevent them from being able to get their shuttlecraft to work.

Hedford begins developing a temperature, the first manifestation of her disease. Cochrane turns out to be space pioneer Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri, the discoverer of the Space Warp. Thought to have been dead for 150 years, Cochrane has been kept alive and young for centuries by a doting gaseous alien he calls the “Companion.” The companion intercepted his disabled ship, brought him to the planet, and rejuvenated him. Cochrane had set out in a ship at the age of 87 to die in space. Cochrane also tells Kirk that the shuttlecraft has been diverted by the Companion to provide him with company.

As Spock attempts to fix the Galileo, the Companion drops by to investigate. Spock attempts to touch it but is given an electric shock. The Companion also takes the opportunity to fry the Galileo’s electronics. Using his newfound knowledge that the Companion is at least partly an electrical phenomenon; Spock builds a device to short-circuit it. Cochrane is not at all happy about this endeavor but agrees to summon the Companion. When the Companion arrives to commune with Cochrane and Spock activates his short-circuit box, Cochrane is electrically shocked, and the Companion destroys the device and attacks Kirk and Spock. Fortunately, Cochrane regains his composure and summons the Companion away before it can harm them.

Kirk then comes up with the idea of using the shuttlecraft’s universal translation device, which converts brain-wave frequencies, to attempt to communicate with the companion. This proves successful, and the Companion turns out to be a female entity who is “in love” with Cochrane. Kirk attempts to convince the Companion that humans pine away in captivity (or “cease to exist,” as he puts it), but the Companion does not believe him.

Cochrane is greatly disturbed by the knowledge that the Companion is in love with him, and storms out saying that he doesn’t want to be “fodder for any inhuman monster.” At the same time, Hedford, in a feverish daze, remarks that it is strange that Cochrane runs from love while she herself has never had the opportunity to be loved.

Kirk then tries to convince the Companion that she is not capable of giving Cochrane true human love, and that if she really loves Cochrane, she will let him go. Instead, she occupies and cures the body of Commissioner Hedford, who had been on the verge of death. She also restores the shuttlecraft and communication devices to working order. However, the Companion is unable to leave the planet without dying, and Cochrane decides to remain with her.

Meanwhile, the Enterprise had discovered the asteroid field (containing some 7000 bodies) and had begun searching the asteroids one at a time for the lost shuttlecraft. Fortunately, this search is greatly simplified by the resumption of communications. As they prepare to depart, Kirk agrees not to mention his adventure with Cochrane.

Fun Fact

Cochrane reappears in Star Trek VIII: First Contact, although his personality and appearance are completely different than they were in the original episode. Furthermore, in the film, Cochrane is from Earth instead of Alpha Centauri. Finally, he grows 6 inches.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. As a CCO you may have a lawyer background but you must act as a compliance professional.
  2. Prejudice has no place in today’s corporate culture
  3. How do you evaluate your senior leadership from the business perspective?


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for Metamorphosis

Due diligence is generally recognized in three levels, each of which is appropriate for a different level of corruption risk. The key is for you to develop a mechanism to determine the appropriate level of due diligence and then implement that going forward.

There are many different approaches to the specifics of due diligence. By laying out some of the approaches, you can craft the relevant portions into your program. The Level I, II and III trichotomy appears to have the greatest favor and one that you should be able to implement in a straightforward manner. But the key is that you must assess your company’s risk and then manage that risk. If you need to perform additional due diligence to answer questions or clear red flags you should do so. And do not forget to “Document, Document, and Document” all your due diligence.

Three key takeaways:

  1. A Level I due diligence should only be used where there is a low risk of corruption.
  2. A Level II due diligence is sufficient in a high-risk jurisdiction if there are no red flags to clear.
  3. Level III due diligence is deep dive, boots on the ground investigation.

Welcome to the newest addition to the Compliance Podcast Network, Compliance and Coronavirus. In this episode, I visit with Ian Denis, a college senior at the University of Vermont. He talks about the summer job he has because of Covid-19 and his use of video in a nationwide sales campaign, his sales strategy and his training. It has many implications for the compliance professional in their ongoing communications with employees who are working remotely. Ian is also a huge hockey fan and we end the episode with some of this thoughts about the current state of the NHL in the age of Coronavirus and what it means for the completion of the 2020 season and into the future.

For more information on the products that Ian is selling this summer check out the CutCo website here.

Welcome to the Great Women in Compliance Podcast, co-hosted by Lisa Fine and Mary Shirley.

Lisa and Mary are always very pleased to get recommendations for guests to speak on the podcast.  It is however rare to get multiple suggestions for the same person, but Asha Palmer is so renowned that she did!  This episode starts off by telling the story of Asha’s overseas working experience teaching ethics at university in the Middle East.

An expert at creating and evaluating risk assessments and program assessments, we turn technical in this episode as Asha outlines for the audience the difference between the two types of reviews and common mistakes companies make when executing those initiatives.

Asha has invested a great deal of time and thought into changing culture and conduct.  We benefit from that effort by asking her about her change management tips for the Compliance Officer who has established themselves as a legitimate business partner, but is still working on shaping the culture and tone of the company, which as is we know is a little harder to control

Asha is a class act and exudes excellence in everything – hence the title of this episode, we hope you enjoy it!

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Compliance into the Weeds is the only weekly podcast which takes a deep dive into a compliance related topic, literally going into the weeds to more fully explore a subject. In this episode Matt Kelly and Tom Fox take a look the recently released FCPA Resource Guide, 2nd edition; released jointly last week by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.


From Tom, check out his five part blog post series on the new FCPA Resource Guide on the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog.

For a copy of the FCPA Resource Guide, 2nd edition, click here.